In his 15 months as UN secretary-general, he has insisted that the UN come to embody two qualities not always associated with it: efficiency and responsiveness.
The oil-rich region of Abyei could become the next flash point between Arab and African Sudanese.
Keen not to taint Olympics, and under pressure from West, Beijing sends envoy to Khartoum with strong words.
France did not repel this weekend's coup attempt on its former colony as it has in the past, but the UN Monday approved unilateral French action to support Chad's government.
Rebels stormed Chad's capital, delaying arrival of EU troops to help refugees.